Honduran example of absurd behaviours driven by absurd laws
History is filled with examples of creative ways people adapted to absurd laws. For example, how people learned to read barcodes in the USSR as a way to know which factory produced a given good, in order to select the can from the better factory despite the ban on branding.
Well I live in Honduras now, and I stumbled upon this interesting example of people adapting to and overcoming ridiculous laws.
There are ENORMOUS taxes and tariffs on bringing cars from abroad. For a used car worth USD15k, the tax would be about USD10k. Chilling… That being said, there is no tax on used car parts… so what do some people do? They get their car broken up into parts and shipped on a few different containers, and get it assembled back in the country. Extremely wasteful, but still better than getting a 70% bill.
I think this is a nice example of how a law’s intentions do not matter, only its results do. Quite fitting in this COVID era of “triple-lock-the-front-door-leave-the-back-door-wide-open” and “tax wealth, didn’t you know individuals don’t actually respond to incentives” policy-making.
Article from r/Libertarian: For a Free Society